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The genus Vaccinium includes upwards of 450 species which occur in cool temperate regions and mountains of both the northern and southern hemispheres. Many are deciduous or evergreen shrubs with edible fruits including blueberries, buckberries, huckleberries, farkleberry, cranberry, whortleberry, crowberry, and bilberry.
This native of north-eastern North America is a low, spreading subshrub, most commonly associated with light, well-drained acidic soils; forming dense, extensive colonies in the wild. The pretty urn-shaped white flowers in spring are tinged with pink and are followed by sweet, dark-blue fruit. Foliage turns bright red in autumn and in the garden the plant makes a wonderful fruiting ground cover. Seed wild collected in Quebec.
This species is the most important commercial wild blueberry in northeastern North America, with a major portion of the crop gathered from managed wild stands. Throughout its range, it is prized by recreational berry-pickers. Delicious fresh or cooked and super healthy with the highest antioxidant capacity of any fresh fruit.
30 seeds $4.25
VACCINIUM corymbosum cultivar mix
Nova Scotia is the biggest producer of wild blueberries in Canada and Atlantic Canada contributes approximately half of the total North American annual production of all types of blueberries.
Blueberries are abundant in the wild in Nova Scotia and also commercially available here from early to late summer; thrilling for those of us who love the fruit. While to my palate, there is nothing better and sweeter than the wild low-bush blueberry (V. angustifolium), most commercial production centers on V. corybosum (High Bush Blueberry) and its hybrids, which produce larger berries on more productive plants. This is a mix of most of the cultivars grown commercially in my area of the province. It should be interesting to see what results.
100 seeds $4.50
Velvet-Leaf or Canada Blueberry
A deciduous, dwarf, rhizomatous shrub native across Canada and into the Northwest Territories. The stems and undersides of the leaves are covered with fine, velvety hairs. Flowers are bell-shaped, white, tinged-pink. These are followed by bright, frosty to dark-blue, usually glaucous berries. Seed wild collected in Nova Scotia.
Most commercially grown fruit is processed as pie filling or is used in muffin mixes. Lesser amounts are used to make wine, juice, or freeze-dried products. This very cold-hardy species has potential for breeding blueberry strains suited to northern climates. Also, its affinity for mineral soil also suggests it may be useful for breeding plants adapted to upland sites.
Germination is over a long period at warm.
30 seeds $4.25
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